Waitaki Citizens' Awards

The Waitaki Citizens' Awards are given in recognition of substantial services, usually of a voluntary nature or beyond normal employment, benefiting the Waitaki District and its people.

We have some amazing people within our community who are often "unsung heroes". If you know of someone who is worthy of being recognised by a Citizens' Award for the work that they do in the community, we encourage you to complete a nomination form to ensure that they are considered.

Nominations for the 2021 Citizens’ Awards open 1 July and close on 30 July 2021.

Read about the winners of the 2020 Waitaki Citizens' Awards.

Who is eligible for the awards

  • Any volunteer of any age, or a voluntary organisation which carries out service or work of a substantial (either length of time or intensity of service) nature benefiting the Waitaki district and/or its people, that has not been recognised by a national award or honour for this service - eg a Queen’s Honour - can be nominated for a Citizens’ Award.

  • The qualifying categories include recreation, youth activities, social welfare, educational services, cultural affairs, religious affairs, community affairs and any other voluntary service which contributes to furthering the vision of the Waitaki district. The vision for the Waitaki district is outlined in the Waitaki District Council Annual Plan.

  • While the Citizens’ Awards relate to celebrating the work of Waitaki residents, in exceptional circumstances the selection panel may, by majority agreement, make an award to a non-resident if the service has been carried out within, and added value to, the Waitaki district.

  • Work of a ‘substantial nature’ is defined as short or long term projects or activities that have benefited the district in such a way as to have added to the quality of life of the residents.

Citizens' Awards Nomination

Nomination forms are available at our Council offices in Oamaru, the Waihemo Service Centre in Palmerston, district libraries, and the Kurow Museum and Information Centre. Alternatively, you can print a copy of the nomination form from the link below.

Further Enquiries

For further enquiries, please email: lkingan@waitaki.govt.nz or ring 03 433 0300

Application forms

Previous years